Windows Server 2003 vs 2008

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I'm thinking twice about upgrading my Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 since 2003 is still the dominant server Os in the market. Is it better to have the 2008 server or should I stick to 2003? Why?

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Windows Server 2003 vs 2008

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Windows 2008 is definitely much better than windows 2003 because of the new features that have been added to windows 2008. Some of them are:

  1. Windows server 2008 uses Hyper-V application & Roles concept for better productivity whereas server 2003 does not have this feature. Hyper-Virtualization technology helps in cutting down hardware costs because it can run several virtual servers on a single physical machine.
  2. Windows Server 2008 has new power management features that help in increasing server efficiency by reducing the power consumed by the server and the client operating systems. These features makes it environment friendly too by reducing the environmental byproducts.
  3. Windows server 2008 uses Single point of configuration and management for remote access server deployment with a new integrated server role for DirectAccess and Routing and Remote Access service (RRAS)
  4. Authentication of users requesting access to the directory is another new feature in Windows server 2008. Use of access control lists (ACLs), on directory objects to determine which objects an authenticated user can access.
  5. Windows server 2008 has a better data recovery process.  It can compare the data saved in backups that are taken at different times; this enables the administrators to make a better decision about what data to restore in case of data loss.
  6. Windows server 2008 allows specifying who can open, modify, print, or manage content.
  7. Rights stay with content—even when it’s transferred outside the organization
  8. Windows server 2008 has ability to create a Usage Policy Template and apply it to content, eliminating the need to recreate usage rights settings for comprehensive file protection
  9. Windows server 2008 helps administrators in server configuration which reduces the time spent on deployment of the server after installation of operating system in an enterprise environment.
  10. In the Windows Server® 2008 operating system uses Self-healing NTFS to protect your entire file management system efficiently and you don’t even need to have expertise about the details of file system technology. Self-healing NTFS attempts to correct the problems of the NTFS file system while the system is online, you don’t need to run Chkdsk.exe; therefore the file system is always available.

There are many other differences.

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